DALE E. RUSH

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:19 p.m.

HOULTON – Dale E. Rush, 75, died Feb. 14, 2005, at a Presque Isle hospital after a short illness. He was born May 5, 1929, at Monticello, the son of the late Reginald and Jeane (Cullins) Rush. Dale served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was graduate of the Ricker Classical Institute, Class of 1947. He was a member of the Monument Lodge of Mason, Saint Aldamar Commandery, the Aroostook Chapter KT, the Anah Temple Shrine, the Aroostook Shrine and the Houlton Lodge of Elks. He was awarded Top Ticket Sales for the Shriner’s Circus for many years, and was a greeter for the Shrine. Dale worked for the U.S. Customs until his retirement in 1990, but remained very active until his illness. He was a people person and a great story teller. Many that he met have fond memories of his sometimes very long and detailed accounts of events, he was very thorough. Dale enjoyed summer days at camp with this grandsons fishing and looking for golf balls. He always enjoyed attending the grandchildren’s events and was their biggest fan. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He is survived by his mother; his wife of 10 years, Janice Rush, both of Houlton; his daughter, Jolayne Mathers and her husband, Michael; their children, Sam, Lucas, and Caleb, all of Presque Isle; two sisters, Zona Simmons and her husband, C. Browne of West Virginia, Avery Evans and her husband, Gene, of Oklahoma; two stepdaughters, Debbie Austin of Orland, Cathy Griffith of Jacksonville, Fla.; six stepgrandchildren, Greg and Michael Austin, Amy Wright, Erin Watson, Katelyn and Michael Griffith; two great-stepgranddaughters, Sarah and Danielle; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday with Pastor Jeremiah Gomaz officiating. A Masonic service will also be conducted. Gifts may be made in Dale’s memory to the Shriner’s Hospital, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton.

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